Getting a website off the ground for a business or personal project might seem daunting, but in terms of structural setup, there are really only two options to choose from: a Content Management System, or a Static Website. The first is far more dynamic and flexible, while the second requires less maintenance and quicker to set up.
Depending on what your needs are, one will be more appropriate than the other; so we’re going to delve a little deeper into the details of both, and recommend which will be better suited to specific kinds of functions.
A website built using a Content Management System (CMS) is designed to be dynamic and updated frequently, and offers a variety of content to its viewers, while also being highly customisable at the same time. Google’s Blogger and the extremely popular WordPress are examples of CMS website platforms. It’s more suited to a website that will require frequent updates, such as a blog or a perhaps personal business website, where you’ll be adding a portfolio of work, like photographers or artists of other kinds.
Advantages of a CMS:
Disadvantages of CMS:
A static website (as the name suggests) consists of static pages that don’t change very often, if at all. The number of pages is also typically low, so it doesn’t fit the bill for something like a blog where new pages get added several times a week. The updating will usually be done by someone that has a basic understanding of HTML and FTP.
Advantages of a Static Website:
Disadvantages of a Static Website:
Effectively, a CMS website is ideal for blogging or more creatively geared websites where new content will be consistently added and multimedia is a necessity, such as an art or general interest blog.
On the other hand, if you’re starting a website for your conventional company (like a simple services or product based business), a static page that contains information on your location, types of products, and methods of contacting you will be more than sufficient.
If you’re thinking of setting up a website for your personal or professional projects but you’re stuck on whether you need a CMS or static website, My Online Presence can help lead you through the process and get you to a professional result. Get in touch with us for a consultation and your own website won’t be too far off!
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